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A journey to the Arctic– guided reading focus
5 Jan, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are exploring the Arctic. Like many of you, today was our first day back after a very restful Christmas break.…
Operation: Spread Kindness
14 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The Kindness Helpers have been leaving us fun little notes every day since the first day in December. Each day they give us…
Christmas for the Classroom Giveaway
6 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 I am so excited to be teaming up with some of my friends to participate in a Christmas for the Classroom giveaway! In…
December: Lessons, Guided Reading, Math, and more!
2 Dec, 2014. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Ok. Let me be 100% honest. Moving down from first grade this year was a little difficult. At the end of last year,…
Hello, November!
6 Nov, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I simply CAN'T believe that it is November already. Where oh where has the time gone? I find myself having to warm up…
Wrapping up October, in comes November
5 Nov, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Can you believe that it is already November? I certainly can't! Last week we were fully immersed in all things PUMPKIN! We had so…
Enjoying October
13 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Don't you just love long weekends? This past weekend I was able to head out to my father's house in the Berkshires to…
A quick and easy {FREE} lesson that helps young readers
7 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My young learners in my classroom, like yours, are still learning their letters and sounds. Last week in guided reading I had taken…
WIN BIG!!!
7 Sep, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year!…
A new world
24 Aug, 2014. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! It's been a long time and for that, I apologize! I promise to get back to blogging at least once a…
A Special Surprise
4 Jun, 2014. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day my students were in for a HUGE surprise. If you haven't noticed, I simply ADORE Nikki, the illustrator who draws…
Writing about shells {and the ocean}
9 May, 2014. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The ocean is one of those things that simply fascinates me. My mom has a picture of one of my brothers and I…
3rd Annual Camping Day!
4 May, 2014. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It has become a tradition at my school that every year, around this time, I host a camping day for the first graders.…
Getting ready for summer — setting up summer review books
1 May, 2014. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but the last month of school always seems to FLY by. I always start to feel overwhelmed due…
Easter Activities and a GIVEAWAY!!
15 Apr, 2014. 22 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Teaching the Easter story is such a humbling and exciting series of lessons while teaching at a Christian school. Every day, my class…
Texas sized fun! {making social studies come to life!}
21 Mar, 2014. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been having SO much fun learning about Texas this week. My students would concur that Texas is a pretty incredible state.…
Getting Ready For A Week Of Texas And Tall Tale Fun!
16 Mar, 2014. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was our Spring Break. I started the week crazy sick. After school on Friday I went straight to the doctor and…
Making Phonics Fun!
24 Feb, 2014. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Every week we have been adding a new "special sound" to our repertoire. I assume that most "language" curriculums are similar and they…
Happy Presidents’ Day!
18 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Like many of you, we were in school today to make up one of our snow days. I was actually really happy about…
“Best Week Ever!”
15 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have a student who has been asking me since August, "Miss Smith, WHEN are we going to study about the DINOSAURS?!" Well,…
A Day In First Grade Loves TpT {Giveaway!!!}
8 Feb, 2014. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A few years ago I started this little adventure in blogging and TpT. I never knew how immensely I would be blessed by…
Happy 100th Day!!
6 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hooray! Hooray! We are 100 days smarter!  We celebrated the 100th day in fantastic first grade fashion. My students were welcomed to a fully…
Visual Plans and Freebies!
9 Sep, 2013. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Before I get into my visual plans, I have to tell y'all about my latest obsession. Here in Texas unfortunately it is still…
Songs for your first grade classroom
5 Aug, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day I blogged about using songs in your classroom. I had a bunch of people email me asking me what songs…
Dance like no one’s watching
1 Aug, 2013. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Let me paint a scene for you. You are driving, switching mindlessly through the various preset radio stations and all of a sudden…
Back to School Books {Guest Blogger!}
16 Jul, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hi New Friends! I'm guest blogging for the darling Kristen while she is away on vacation. I'm Lyndsey; you'll usually find me over…
Happy Birthday!!
26 Jun, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Bust out the cupcakes and the streamers-- it's time for some birthday fun! Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm throwing a party! Well... a…
Classroom Websites
19 Jun, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last Summer I decided that I was going to really "go for it" and make myself a classroom website. I researched TONS of…
Taking the Time…
11 Jun, 2013. 27 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Every day, I sit at my computer and I look at my calendar. Currently, it looks like this and it will for a while. Why?The…
Swimming into Summer! (GIVEAWAY!!)
6 Jun, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have such exciting news for you. I am teaming up with some of my good blogging friends to offer you a whole…
Why should I use Cooperative Education in my classroom?
4 Jun, 2013. 18 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Cooperative Education is one of the very best things that I was ever taught and/or trained on. When I was going through my…
Summer Projects
30 May, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Summer vacation is such a fun time to start new projects, to finalize projects that are in the works, and to get all…
School’s out for summer!
24 May, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The room is packed up. Awards are given. Tears have been shed. Hugs have been given. Fun has been had. It's time for…
Five for Friday …(on Saturday?)
18 May, 2013. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh man this week kicked my backside. Field Day, packing up my classroom, inventories, parent teacher conferences, and teaching made for a crazy…
We are camping our way to the end of a great year!
14 May, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow we only have 8 more days of school. CRAZY! Parent conferences, end-of-the-year activities, and everything else that happens the last week of…
Fabulous Feedback Linky Party
6 May, 2013. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 Hello everyone! Today I am linking up with Christina for a fabulous feedback linky party! I love making products that help teachers and…
Five for Friday– Ocean Style
3 May, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It is FRIDAY! Hooray!! :) This week we have gone crazy for the ocean. One parent stopped me after school and said, "…
Fill my {beach} bucket!
29 Apr, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm sure by now you have heard of the book, Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.It is such a fantastic book.…
Five for Friday
27 Apr, 2013. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my goodness. Thank goodness it is Friday!! This week was great... but long. Weeks with field trips are always exhausting... Here is a…
Winners, Pictures, and Visual Plans!
14 Apr, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow we start our week of testing. {feel bad for me} The game plan is that we will be finished by Thursday but…
Farm Fun
13 Apr, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we scratched the surface of life on the farm. My students are LOVING this unit. This class is so excited whenever…
The hot seat
8 Apr, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! Today I wanted to teach you a SUPER fun game that you can play in your classroom to review ANYTHING! In…
April Currently
1 Apr, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I can't believe that it is April already. Where has this year gone?! Well, this morning, I am casually enjoying my cup of coffee…
Happy Easter!
31 Mar, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
He is Risen! :) (He is risen, indeed!!)I hope you have a fabulous Easter!!  
Grab and Go
30 Mar, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I am going to attempt to paint a picture for you this morning. You know those days at school when you feel like…
Spring cut?
15 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This post has nothing to do with teaching... It actually has to do with my dog and decorating...You'll forgive me, right?I have now…
Butterflies- an EASY craft
14 Mar, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been working so hard at reading in first grade. I'm sure you all can relate. We have tackled most of our…
Dinos!
22 Feb, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm so sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have an excuse... and it's a good one. Did you…
Groundhog Day craftivity
3 Feb, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My good friend Heidi from My Not So Elementary life has the CUTEST Groundhog day activity available! My students LOVED it!! In her pack…
States Of Matter
3 Feb, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
To introduce the three states of matter we completed a REALLY engaging science activity. Early before school started, I filled up two balloons…
Our 100th day!
2 Feb, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my. Our 100th day was SO MUCH FUN. I had parents email me that their child could not stop talking about it…
My “go to” play dough recipe
7 Jan, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Making learning hands on is so important to me. For this reason I tend to make A LOT of play dough. My students…
Happy New Year’s Sale!!
1 Jan, 2013. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Happy New Year!!!! I missed the memo last night that all of my other neighbors seemed to have gotten. I did not realize…
Happy Vacation and New Year’s Resolutions!
30 Dec, 2012. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone,I hope that you are having a RELAXING and wonderful winter break! I also hope that you had a very Merry Christmas.…
Praying….
15 Dec, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Please join me in praying. 
Whoville Trees: A fun Sequence of Events Activity
8 Dec, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we used "The Grinch" as our theme of the week. We loved reading the book, using inferences to explain how the…
Making Inferences
6 Dec, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are tackling making inferences in my class. I really love teaching this concept and hearing my 6 year olds say, "I…
How to make classroom decorations!
2 Dec, 2012. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Have you ever wondered how to make those cute oversized clip art pictures that people have up on the doors, in their hallway…
Shop til you drop!!
24 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Did you hit the stores for Black Friday?! Well, for a teacher, this sale might be EVEN better than the deals you got!…
What are you thankful for?!
19 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 This afternoon I am linking up with my friend Lyndsey over at A year of many firsts. I am currently writing to you…
Owl Pellet Dissections and a weekly recap!
27 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was "spirit week" at my school. We had crazy hair day, crazy sock day, favorite sports team day, PJ day, and…
Are you thinking about Thanksgiving?!
24 Oct, 2012. 16 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but even though Halloween is just around the corner, my mind has already gone to Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one…
Bat week has started!
18 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Bat week has officially begun! We have learned poems about bats, read numerous books, and have really been working on our writing with…
I’ve been BOO-ed!
15 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My good friend Heidi from over at Boo-ed me today! How fun!! If you have never visited her blog you MUST go see…
Finding Balance
12 Oct, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know if I have ever shared with you all that I used to be a personal trainer... For a brief time,…
Literacy Centers and Good Morning Work
8 Oct, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A few weeks ago I started something new with my class that has been working really well. As many of you do, I…
Product Swap!!
6 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It's that time again!! Jessica fromis hosting another amazing product swap!! This go around I was matched with Monica fromMonica has been teaching…
Halloween and Fall packets Galore!!!
22 Sep, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Here is a sneak peak into what my days have started to look like:"Miss Smith, how do you spell me?""Miss Smith, how do…
Apples. apples. apples!!
15 Sep, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we started one of my all time favorite units that I teach. It's funny because each year that I teach,…
BUSTED! (Long vowels are SO fun!)
8 Sep, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Before I start this post, I want you to hear what one of my kids said after we played this game. She goes,…
more classroom updates!
23 Jul, 2012. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Our first Open House of the year is TOMORROW! Now, in the world of private school teachers, this is a VERY big deal.…
Back to School Math Centers
23 Jul, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hi everyone! I hope that y'all have had a great weekend! Can you believe that I go back to school this Thursday for…
Daily 5 Chapter 5
13 Jul, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Chapter 5 'The Sisters' discuss "Read to Someone" and "Listen to Reading". In these chapters students get to enjoy sharing books with…
Operation: Chair Pockets!
12 Jul, 2012. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In my first grade classroom when it comes to storage for my student's items, I have to get creative. Last year I created…
I’m Inspired– “The End of Molasses Classes”
3 Jul, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 Y'all.... I have been enjoying a vacation in NC for the past week and have been so consumed with reading Ron Clark's amazing…
FREEBIE WEEK!!
17 Jun, 2012. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Okay friends-- who doesn't love a good deal?? More so, who doesn't love FREE ITEMS??I am so close to 50 followers and am…
Whole Brain Teaching
15 Jun, 2012. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Mrs. Hudgeons over at Smitten with First has presented a question:Do any of you implement Whole Brain Teaching into your classrooms?? If so, what do…
Behind the Times
13 Jun, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I give you all permission to call me out on this.I *just* created a web page for my class.Is that terrible that I…
The Phonics Dance!™
8 Jun, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Get this...."Reading is a difficult process. Here's why:84% of the words in the English language are phonetically correct.BUT....The 16% that are not phonetically…
Phonics– short vowel sounds!
8 Jun, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm sure you've all sung Old McDonald a thousand times in your lifetime. Well, when I taught Kindergarten I started singing it a…
Can’t Live Without It!!
7 Jun, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Kelley over at the teacher idea factory is hosting a linky party of things that  you cannot live without in your classroom. These…
Currently…
6 Jun, 2012. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th grade is hosting a linky party!! ((I currently can't resist them)) I am enjoying summer vacation although my summer projects…
Mix and Mingle
5 Jun, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
One of my favorite ways to review a concept we have learned is called "Mix and Mingle." In this review, each student has…
Gotta love graphing!
5 Jun, 2012. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I think I may have spoiled my class just a bit..."Why?" you might ask. Well... because normally when we graphed something, it involved…
100th day celebration!
5 Jun, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Our 100 day celebration was so much fun this year! We made t-shirts with 100 finger prints on them in advance and the…
Thus begins the journey
2 Jun, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Please tell me that I am not crazy for starting this project. Let me just show you the mess that is in my…
What’s on my bookshelf?
1 Jun, 2012. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It's amazing what the summer allows us time to do! For example this is now the second linky party I am attending and…
I have a confession….
30 May, 2012. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This is my first ever attempt at joining a linky party-- here goes nothing!!  http://livingawonderfulife.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-obsessions-linky.htmlNow to be fair, some of these obsessions are…
Short vowel summer lovin’ word sorts!
29 May, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
If I knew how to put music in the background of this blog, you would be singing along listening to some good old…
The ever changing hallway
25 May, 2012. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I love putting up hallway displays. Since I work at a private school, tours come through fairly frequently and it is nice to…
Superheroes to the Rescue
22 Apr, 2012. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We went cloud crazy last week and this week we are transitioning out of testing week (thank goodness!!) and into a new theme…